Wednesday, 6 March 2013
2013 Census: online response great
Statistics Minister Maurice Williamson says the online response to the census has been going great, but there’s still a way to go.
Tuesday, 5 February 2013
One month until the Census
Statistics Minister Maurice Williamson says it’s now just one month until the Census takes place.
Monday, 4 February 2013
Earthquake-prone buildings meetings to begin
Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson says public submissions will be crucial in establishing a new policy to deal with earthquake-prone buildings.
Tuesday, 29 January 2013
Changes proposed for Construction Contracts Act
Construction contract disputes will be dealt with faster and more cost effectively under proposed amendments to the Construction Contracts Act, which were introduced in Parliament today.
Monday, 17 December 2012
Engineering Associates Board Appointments
Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson today announced three appointments to the Engineering Associates Registration Board.
Friday, 14 December 2012
Appointments to Statistics Advisory Committee
Statistics Minister Maurice Williamson today announced one appointment and two reappointments to the Advisory Committee on Official Statistics (ACOS).
Monday, 10 December 2012
Government to carefully consider Royal Commission report
The Government will carefully consider the Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission’s full report and its recommendations, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson and Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson say.
Friday, 7 December 2012
Consultation on earthquake-prone buildings begins
Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson is encouraging New Zealanders to have their say on proposals to improve the earthquake-prone buildings policy system, released in a consultation document today.
Thursday, 6 December 2012
Amendments provide clarity on place names
Two amendments to the Geographic Board (Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa) Act 2008 will provide better clarity and consistency around official place names, Land Information Minister Maurice Williamson says.
Thursday, 22 November 2012
International recognition for LINZ Data Service
Land Information Minister Maurice Williamson says the two accolades Land Information New Zealand won at the Asia Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards for its innovative LINZ Data Service is a great achievement.
Thursday, 25 October 2012
Property revaluation deadline deferred
Land Information Minister Maurice Williamson today announced the Government has approved an Order in Council allowing the Waimakariri District Council to extend its deadline for general property revaluations until 1 December 2014.
Tuesday, 23 October 2012
Seizures fall thanks to Government targeting
Customs Minister Maurice Williamson says a concerted effort to choke off the supply of methamphetamine precursor drugs is paying dividends.
Wednesday, 17 October 2012
NZ-China to ramp up anti 'P' efforts
New Zealand and China Customs have agreed to work more closely together to combat the smuggling of pharmaceutical products used to manufacture methamphetamine (‘P’).
Tuesday, 16 October 2012
Government to amend Reserves Bill
Land Information Minister Maurice Williamson today announced the Government did not support the inclusion of three clauses (34A, 34B and 34C) in the Reserves and Other Lands Disposal Bill 2008 and would seek to remove them.
Monday, 15 October 2012
Grand Designs host to judge design competition
Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson today launched the Christchurch Housing Showcase Design Competition in Christchurch.
Visit reaffirms value of China – NZ relationship
Customs Minister Maurice Williamson says the two-day visit by the China Customs Vice Minister, Mr Lu Peijen, is an opportunity to further strengthen the connection New Zealand has with China in all areas of customs activity.
Thursday, 11 October 2012
Better deal for retirement village residents
Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson announced today that owners of retirement village units will soon be entitled to the original capital sum of their investment following situations such as the Canterbury earthquakes.
Friday, 5 October 2012
Milestone illustrates popularity of SmartGa
The four-millionth passenger passed through SmartGate this week (Thursday), highlighting the on-going popularity of the technology with New Zealand and Australian ePassport holders.
Friday, 28 September 2012
New stats assist government decision making
The country’s 162 most important statistics will help the Government deliver on its priorities of a better public service and building a more competitive and productive economy, Statistics Minister Maurice Williamson says.
Reappointment to Engineers Council
Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson today announced Sharyn Westlake has been reappointed as a member of the Chartered Professional Engineers Council.
Thursday, 20 September 2012
New appointment to NZ Geographic Board
Land Information Minister Maurice Williamson today announced the appointment of Garrick Murfitt to the New Zealand Geographic Board, Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa – New Zealand’s place-naming authority.
Monday, 10 September 2012
Minister welcomes better use of information
More researchers will now be able to use valuable data for statistical research, says Statistics Minister Maurice Williamson.
Friday, 7 September 2012
Minister announces four appointments to Electrical Workers Registration Board
Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson has announced the re-appointment of two members to the Electrical Workers Registration Board, Neil McLeod and Shane Dolan, and the appointment of two new members, Melbourne Orange and William Waterworth.
New members appointed to Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Board
Murray Burns and Nicholas Fleckney have been appointed to the Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Board, Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson announced today.
Thursday, 16 August 2012
Personal explanation regarding Crafar farms
Land Information Minister Maurice Williamson today sought to make the following personal explanation in Parliament about former Crafar-owned farms purchased by a consortium led by May Wang and Jack Chen without either Ministerial or Overseas Investment Office approval.
Thursday, 19 July 2012
Minister welcomes Statistics staff back to Christchurch CBD
The return of staff members to Statistics New Zealand’s Christchurch office is welcome news for the rebuild of Christchurch, Statistics Minister Maurice Williamson says.
Monday, 2 July 2012
Statistics NZ scoops leadership award
Statistics New Zealand’s win of the leadership category at the Public Sector Excellence Awards is a fantastic achievement for the department, Statistics Minister Maurice Williamson says.
Wednesday, 27 June 2012
New publication gives snapshot of Māori
A new publication showing economic, social, cultural, and environmental statistics on Māori will benefit all New Zealanders, Statistics Minister Maurice Williamson said today.
Tuesday, 19 June 2012
Exercise Barrier shows New Zealand's readiness for mass arrivals
EA major exercise in Auckland today has shown New Zealand’s preparedness for dealing with a mass arrival of asylum seekers by boat, according to Immigration Minister Nathan Guy and Customs Minister Maurice Williamson.
Tuesday, 5 June 2012
Appointment to Building Practitioners Board
Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson has announced the appointment of Richard Merrifield to the Building Practitioners Board.